Get to know my clients
I had never had hypnosis before and admit I was a bit wary. I loved the first relaxation session – and enjoyed using the cd at home. The sessions with Dee made me really look at what I ate and why – and I changed from too much junk food.
Dee was great at coming up with easy cook nutritious meal ideas which became firm family favourites.
I began gentle exercise – just walking – children to school, the dog. I found that I began to really enjoy this and soon began other forms of exercise too. The gastric band session was fascinating – and my portions became much smaller – I just didn't want to eat large amounts.
Result – the weight began to drop off, slowly but consistently. I knew I could do it, having failed with fad ‘diets’ in the past. I feel good about myself, have bought clothes that show off my new body.
My husband thinks he’s got a new wife!
Turning my baby
I saw the midwife at 37 weeks and was upset to hear that my baby was in a breech position. I was told that the consultant could try to turn her – failing this I would have to have a C-section.
Dee had told us that if this happened, she would try to turn our baby using hypnosis. By this time, I was well used to getting into a relaxed state, and the session, which was in our sitting room, was fascinating. Suffice to say, when I saw the midwife next day – our little girl had turned and we went on to have our second, wonderful Hypnobirthing birth!
Time to let go
Well today I saw my amazing counsellor for the last time...Time to let go ...she told me it was a privilege to help me, and she seen how strong I've become during the 8 months I've spent with her...I can't thank this lady enough she is truly amazing at her job and as a person...a friend for life....someone I will always owe a massive thank you to her. Dee Chadwick you're an inspiration.
Taking back control
Found this photo and thought actually about describes how I felt when I first came for help but think I'd actually got to tilting on giving up.
Finding the strength to carry on when balancing on giving up feeling you cannot take any more, feeling alone and often desperate, too frightened to take that first step to try and even trust someone is so hard. A few months ago I felt that way but now things are starting to change. It doesn't happen overnight, there are set backs, there is pain and tears and anger but that's ok. I am learning to trust through this amazing person supporting me. I am beginning to let go of the pain and fear (of being abused) I am taking control, none of what happened was my fault. I have survived. I am stronger than all that I have put up with. You can move forward and take back control of your life and leave the pain behind. Reach out, there is an amazing person to support you.
Someone to rely on
I went to Dee when I had hit my rock bottom and I didn’t know where else to turn, I was incredibly scared to spill out my feelings to a stranger but it didn’t take long for her to become someone I trusted! Dee happily welcomed me into her home, where she has her practice, and listened to everything I said, I was never judged or made to feel uncomfortable, I only said what I felt like I wanted to say and she was more than happy with that!
Dee absolutely turned my life around and made me feel like I could pick myself up again! I couldn’t thank her enough for everything she has done for me, I would completely recommend her to any body who needs support through a tough time! Thank you Dee xx
Recommendation: Last night Sandbach Ladies Circle enjoyed a relaxation evening with Dee. Dee treated us all to a guided relaxation followed by a discussion about various relaxation techniques with a cuppa tea/glass of wine. We all left feeling refreshed and relaxed and agreed what a wonderful evening Dee had provided us. Dee's services are recommended to anyone in need of some R&R or just a little treat!
Thank you Dee, we really didnt want to leave!
I met Dee in October when I was at my lowest ebb, I had no idea what was happening to me as unfortunately my gp wasn't the best but Dee took the time to explain what is and would happen. I can't thank this wonderful kind lady enough, not only did she make me feel at ease the moment I walked through the door but she has helped me to a speedy recovery of battling a mental illness, lifted my confidence, always there if I was struggling, she is my saviour. My partner, my parents and even my boss has asked me to pass on their Thank You's. This lady is not only fantastic at her job but she is also a kind, warm hearted person and anyone who has the pleasure of meeting Dee will feel exactly the same. Keep up the amazing work. Pam
I have been seeing Dee for several months now. I can honestly say I have never met a more genuine kind and caring lady.
Dee has helped me in so many ways listening, making me see options and choices I was blind to, supporting and accepting of me as a person. Always happy to deal with my here and now as well as my past.
I have never felt more relaxed and at peace than when I experienced hypnotherapy. It is truly the best feeling.
I cannot thank Dee enough for all she has done for me and my future!
Kim's birth story
If you are feeling apprehensive about your impending birth, please take that step and get in touch with Dee! My first birth was less than ideal and so when I fell pregnant with my second child, I knew I needed to seek support and guidance to manage my negative feelings. Dee has been wonderful all the way through my pregnancy, her warm friendly approach puts you at ease. Friends and people who know me may agree that I'm not the "typical type" of person to consider Hypnobirthing, but once you look past the hippy connotations and start to learn, you will see that the practices are based on sound factual knowledge that truly makes sense. My second birth couldn't have been more text book, I am proud to say that I achieved my aim of an un-medicated, calm pool birth. I put this down entirely to the confidence I had in my body due to the techniques learnt and practiced with Dee. My baby was so chilled at birth that she didn't even cry!
Dads, Hypnobirthing is also useful to you. Labour can be a scary time as you watch your loved one, going through surges and you may feel helpless and even like you're in the way. With Hypnobirthing, dads are taught techniques such as massage and positive reassurance and are able to actively help the labouring mum. My midwife commented as we were going home with our beautiful daughter, what an amazing support my husband had been, and I couldn't agree more. One thing Dee said that always resonated with me was "it's the opposite of seeing is believing, believe and you will see"
Hi - I just wanted to thank you for everything I learned in the hypnobirthing classes. In the end, I was induced three weeks early and it was very stressful and worrying but using the hypnobirthing techniques and tapes, I managed to have a calm and natural birth and even the midwife was shocked when I kept on turning down any pain relief. Although once I was 10cms, I did have gas and air - lol! x
I started working with Dee when I was 24 weeks pregnant. I live abroad in Germany with the armed forces and was only back in the UK for less than two weeks. Dee was very accommodating and we had four private sessions which both my partner and I attended, my mum was also able to attend two of these sessions.
I have always been quite an anxious person and when I confided in Dee, she made me a personalised anxiety CD for me to practise to help control my worries, anxieties and heart rate.
When I went back to the Germany, I stayed in regular contact with Dee and she was available if I had a question or concern. We set up Skype and exchanged email addresses. At 30 weeks pregnant, I got admitted to hospital with a pregnancy induced liver condition, whereby my live enzymes where significantly raised. I took my iPod with the relaxation tracks on and my Hypnobirthing book in with me and feel this really helped me to stay relaxed and in control during my week stay in hospital.
When I was discharged, I got in contact with Dee and explained my situation, she suggested with had another Hypnobirthing session through Skype at no extra cost to reinforce the previous sessions and help my body in reducing my liver enzymes. After this session, Dee recorded another CD for me to help me stay relaxed and subconsciously control my liver enzymes which she then posted to me in Germany.
I have a hospital appointment every week and I always let Dee know how I have got on and I am happy to report that my two previous appointments have concluded that my liver enzymes are now in the normal ranges!
In addition to this, if I every doubt myself or have any questions to ask, I do not hesitate to contact Dee, knowing that she will be more than willing to help and support me. More recently after I contacted Dee with a question, she wrote up some personalised affirmations for me to recite to myself on a daily basis.
I am over the moon with my Hypnobirthing experience and feel I have received the support and techniques that have not only helped me throughout my pregnancy and which I will reply on through my birth but which I will also use throughout my life.
Dee is a fantastic Hypnobirthing practitioner and I feel she is approachable, friendly, and more than willing to help. I will be recommending Hypnobirthing with Dee to all my friends. I cannot thank her enough for her support, help and the techniques she has taught me that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
As a dad, I was rather uncertain about attending the classes as I was unsure about the hypno bits! In fact, I really enjoyed the hypnosis, found the course very informative but at the same time relaxed and not embarrassing when ‘talking about private bits!!’ as Dee handled this very well. At the birth, I felt totally different to when my first son was born – I had a role, I could help and it was such a pleasure to see my wife having the calm birth we had hoped for. I would strongly recommend Dee’s classes.
As a partner, I went along to the classes just to support my wife’s choice. I was determined not to be hypnotised, but, as Dee suggested, I gave it a go – it was brilliant – totally relaxing – I looked forward to each session – especially the hypnosis! I use the cd that Dee gave us at home as I am in a highly stressful job – it really helps. I am so glad that I tried it.
Finding myself again
Five years ago I suffered a period of depression and was prescribed anti-depressants for 12 months. Since coming off the tablets I have, on the whole, been OK. There are the odd times though when life becomes a little overwhelming and I can't make sense of my thoughts. On these occasions, when I just need that confidence that I am making the right decisions for my children and family, I book to see Dee and I come out of my appointment with a spring in my step and much more clarity of thought. I am very lucky and don't have huge problems and traumas in my life, but sometimes when things get too much I know that I can see Dee and she does not judge me in anyway. The home environment is also comforting and calm and a lovely place to be. It is great to know that Dee is always there. Such an amazing and inspirational lady. Thank You.
Dee helped me when I was feeling at a really low point. We really wanted a baby – our friends were all pregnant or just given birth – not us. The techniques that she gave me helped each time I had to go to see a doctor – I was able to go in feeling that I could soon be joining my friends rather than certain that I wouldn’t.
She told me that I needed to allow myself to hope – hadn't been doing this – as, if my head was convinced that being pregnant wouldn’t happen, it surely wouldn’t. I’m pregnant!! – and going to do the Hypnobirthing course with Dee!
PS from Dee – this client had a gorgeous little boy weighing in at 7lbs 6oz.
Fear of flying
I saw Dee for hypnotherapy in 2006. I have always been afraid of flying and I had a long haul flight booked for my cousin's wedding in South Africa which was worrying me. I saw Dee for three sessions and was unsure what to expect, but she explained what it would entail and put aside any worries about the hypnotism itself that I had.
The actual experience of hypnotherapy was amazing; I have never felt so relaxed. (I would consider having hypnotherapy just for relaxation!) It was a lovely feeling. I felt totally in control and Dee's manner was very reassuring. Afterwards the feeling of relaxation stayed with me.
Until the flight I had no idea whether it would have worked or not, though I was definitely less anxious in anticipation of the flight. Dee had given me a 'trigger' to use if I needed but I didn't feel like I needed it. The proof of the pudding was very evident during the flight itself. I actually enjoyed the flight! The weirdest part was when we were flying over Africa and I could see lightning storms out of the windows. I was just watching it with no feeling of scare whatsoever. It was incredible.
The flight home was extremely turbulent and again I felt completely relaxed about it (though somewhat sick!). The last flight I took was to Venice about 18 months ago (2011) and again really enjoyed the flight - looking out over the Dolomites in Italy and finding the landing fun!
Quite amazing from what I had been like before (on the edge of not boarding!) I have just booked to go on a road trip to the USA later this year flying into Las Vegas and back out from LA and am confident that I shall be relaxed on the flight. I cannot recommend Dee highly enough for her lovely manner and highly effective treatment!
Eliminating fear of needles!
I had a massive needle phobia and due to a medical condition I need to have regular blood tests.
When I started with Dee my stress scale was 12 out of 10. Now my phobia has gone. Not only do I not stress or fear needles any more but I've also had a tattoo that I've wanted for such a long time. I can't thank Dee enough. Robert
I suffered with an Eating Disorder, Depression and Psychosis. My parents were at a point of despair. I’d spent 9 years in and out of hospital, seen plenty of therapists, but didn't seem to be getting better. In fact the Doctors said I never would get better.
That’s when we were told about Dee.
That first appointment I sat there hunched up just hoping the ground would swallow me up. Dee then said that she could only help me if I agreed to help myself, putting me in control for the first time.
It was the start of a beautiful working relationship.
Dee explored my many issues. She has a very good knowledge of dealing with those who have suffered abuse. I sometimes saw her twice a week other times once. She was always available via email whenever I needed her between these sessions.
I also had hypnotherapy which I found very useful and relaxing. As I knew Dee and trusted her, I was able to relax and benefit greatly from the hypnotherapy.
My outcome? I am happy with myself and who I am. I am in a very happy stable relationship, we are getting married next year. I also go to work on a part time basis. None of this would be possible without the help I have received from Dee. I would most likely still be in a rut of sections and hospital admissions.
Dee has given me a life, something I cannot thank her for enough.
Breaking a bad habit!
"I can recommend Dee's hypnotherapy to anyone looking for help to break a habit. For a long time I struggled with an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, particularly the association of needing to have a glass of wine in order to relax. With a new baby in the house, this habit was becoming problematic and affecting my sleep, especially at the weekend when I had the tendency to over indulge. Within just ten days, Dee's hypnotherapy has helped me take back control of my own actions and break this habit so that I can relax in other ways, get the best sleep possible and enjoy my days! The positive impact this having on my life is immeasurable and I wish I had seen Dee sooner! Thank you so much Dee"
Firstly, thank you so much for all the work you did with us. The Hypnobirthing techniques worked brilliantly!
I started having some surges on Friday evening, nothing too strong but starting at 10 Mins apart. I carried on as normal, listened to the rainbow relaxation and after a quick last minute check that the hospital bag was ready, went to bed and fell asleep, I was amazed at how completely calm and unfazed I was about everything and before I drifted off I listened to my birthing affirmations.
I woke at 6.30am on Saturday morning and my surges slowly began to get closer together until they were 7-8 Mins apart. At this stage, I still felt completely calm with no real pain and we decided to take the dog out for a one mile walk (with me stopping every 7 Mins along the canal towpath to ensure I could practice my breathing when a surge came!) Next job was to go and buy the Christmas tree from the local garden centre and again I walked around the centre with surges at 7 Mins stopping when I needed to!
We arrived at Hospital at 2:00 and *** was born at 17:34. I did have some pain relief upon arrival (apparently I went from 4cm to 9cm in 1 hour 40 Mins which would explain the intensity!) but after that all I used was my visualisation and Hypnobirthing training - *** couldn't believe how calm and focused I was. The midwife also remarked that my breathing techniques were very good and very much left us to get on with things with minimal intervention. Due to the speed of everything, I decided not to water birth but to stay in the room and walk and move about.
When [my baby] was ready to be born he arrived in under 10 pushes with me drinking a cup of tea in between each one!, again the midwife remarked on how relaxed [my baby] was, as when listening to his heartbeat when he was in the birth canal, it had hardly changed from when he had been in my tummy. Hypnobirthing really helped me feel confident and calm and gave all three of us a really positive birth experience. Since we returned home [my baby] has been a calm and relaxed baby - clearly the Hypnobirthing has helped him prior to, during and after his arrival.
I (partner) would like to add that he also found the Hypnobirthing to be very helpful to his state of mind. He says the breathing techniques and visualisations helped him stay calm and focused throughout, so that he could provide as much support as possible, however he said I didn't need much of it!
Our sincere thanks one again
A very personal story.
I would highly recommend Dee to anyone who is feeling anxious about giving birth or even getting pregnant.
That was me back in 2009/10 and now I am blessed with two beautiful children. I was so scared of giving birth that I reminded my husband that I couldn't promise to give him children when he proposed to me. Dee educated me about my body and showed me that there was another way to prepare yourself for birthing - a calm, quiet, natural way - not like on TV and films at all. Even though both of my children's births were not quite straight forward I stayed calm and composed throughout and never felt scared once. With Dee's guidance I faced my greatest fear twice - it's really amazing what you can achieve. Thanks so much Dee - you helped to complete my family. Katharine xxx
A beautiful person, a great source of wisdom and highly valued friend
Having read through these truly inspirational and thought-provoking blog posts, I found myself shamelessly blubbering away (particularly after reading the posts about valuing yourself and giving yourself that little more appreciation and kindness…something I’m working on myself), these ‘revelation tears’, as I have now labelled them, were subsequently followed by feeling a succession of lightbulbs ignite within me (I get the same feelings every time I visit Dee too)…so I think it’s safe to say, the posts have well and truly served their purpose in reminding me that I am worthy, I am capable and I am strong.
Dee has thankfully taught me that in dismal times you should always remember that you have a best friend in yourself, if only you give yourself the recognition and appreciation you deserve. I would never have reached this conclusion without the help of my invaluable friend. A precious being indeed. I have now had the pleasure of passing on this wisdom to friends in times of counsel, in fact I often find myself saying, ‘you have to remember that although sometimes you can be your own worst enemy, as Dee’s post about ‘disappointment’ and setting yourself unattainable goals explains, we can indeed be our own best friend too…and as long you remember that you will NEVER be alone and will always have someone fighting your corner (two if you count the inner child, hehe), be kind to yourself and treat yourself with respect and you’ll soon learn you’ve covered the most important base...’.
Reading Dee’s blog has so eloquently reminded me how fortunate I am to be graced with the presence of such a beautiful, fiercely intelligent and caring woman. I have had the absolute pleasure of knowing Dee since I was a little child, having lived just down the road from her for as long as I can remember. After seeking her advice on my issues with mental health and a friend’s previous experiences with sexual abuse, I realised just how wonderful, supportive and intelligent this wonderful lady is. A person truly passionate about ‘living’ in its purest form; through appreciating surroundings, helping others and valuing yourself. I cannot thank her enough for her countless words of wisdom, which I will genuinely carry with me through my life, always.
As a sufferer of depression and body dysmorphic disorder, I have often found myself leaning on Dee for support and uplifting words, something she has offered me in abundance. As a person I am very scared of failure and not attaining the high standards I set for myself, but thankfully through the help of Dee, I am beginning to realise that I was not born to be faultless, we all must make mistakes in order to progress, and sometimes we should stop with the constant need to progress all together and just appreciate where we are at now, and find the beauty in it.
No words will ever express my gratitude to Dee, I simply cannot thank her enough. She is my absolute inspiration and my guiding light. I know if I grow up to be half the woman Dee is, I will be incredibly proud. An absolute angel.
All my love and gratitude,
Making a decision to ask for help is one of the hardest decisions to ever make, but Dee made that choice easier - even when I was so angry, she didn't give up, Dee has supported me so much through the counselling and hypnotherapy and my life is changing so much for the better, from the battles with anger, depression and alcohol, to positive changes and taking back control of mine and my family's future, and finally talking to people and slowly trusting people .
Changes may be slow and emotional but Dee's support never ends when you need it the most and words can never express just how much of a difference she makes to your life through her work and just being Dee